Donna and her husband, Will, raised their family in a quiet neighborhood on the Manchester/Glastonbury line, where they have lived for 25 years.
Donna is running for state representative for Connecticut’s 13th district because she sees people struggling here in her district. She sees those who are trying desperately to make ends meet. She sees neighbors who are frustrated with midnight car break-ins. She sees the heart-wrenching drama of parents trying to help their children navigate the isolation, confusion, and trauma caused by the emergency covid responses in our education system. And she just cannot remain silent.
Donna has a long history as a formidable advocate for those who feel their voices are not being heard. Whether it was with her own kids, her foster kids, exchange students or with her aging parents and in-laws, Donna was the one fighting to make sure their voices were heard and their needs were met. She would like to apply that experience and passion to represent her Manchester and Glastonbury neighbors at the state capitol in Hartford.
Donna has a Chemical Engineering degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Seminary. These degrees shaped Donna into a woman with an appreciation for both science and soul. In fact, she has worked with both technical industries and non-profits.
Engineering made her an analytical thinker and taught her how to solve problems. Her Master’s degree taught her how to apply those skills to the problems people face in life. Her subsequent work with non-profits equipped her to cast vision, and to develop leaders and teams who could work together to accomplish more than they could do alone. Passing positive legislation in the general assembly will require all these skills.
When Donna is not fighting for a cause or developing practical solutions, she can be found exploring the beautiful outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying all our community has to offer.